Commentary: Islands-buying farce breaks Japan’s historical commitment
BEIJING, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — The Japanese government has ridiculously reached an agreement with the self-claimed Japanese “private owners” of China’s Diaoyu Islands to formally purchase them soon, a daredevil move that could further wreck its ties with Beijing.
Kyodo confirmed the agreement Wednesday. The “islands-purchasing” prank, the latest in a flurry of Tokyo’s much-ballyhooed provocations, is a betrayal of Japan’s historical commitment when the two neighboring countries signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 1978.
At that time, both countries committed to shelving the disputes over the islands.
In October 1978, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, during his visit to Japan, reiterated the stance at a press conference. “Our generation is not wise enough to find common language on this issue. The next generation will be wiser.”
Obviously, the unilateral move by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration has violated this historical…
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